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By Patricia Grace
has shown that approximately 15 percent of the population
at school or in the workplace is openly involved with bullying. It is the youth
of today who will be the source of success to put a stop to the behavior.
Through understanding of the behavior and the judgment from past generations,
our youth will be the change agent for a better future.
needs to be aware of the different signs and types of bullying. Bullying in
today’s society is not what past generations considered a rite of passage
during different developmental stages of life.
bottom line is that a person who bullies another has a sense of entitlement or
the right to hurt or control another person. It is not about anger but control
and power. There is satisfaction for the individual when causing pain to
another human being. Peers tend to reward this behavior in material or
not only needs to be aware of what bullying is, but also aware of the signs and
behaviors of those who are the victim of this behavior. It is easy to be aware
of the behavior of the bully but the behavior of the victim is more subtle.
for those who are a victim of being bullied:
community should address the issues of bullying behavior as it is not an
individual social problem but a community and nationwide problem. In addition,
individuals need to be aware of the behaviors of the bully and the victims by
taking an active role in addressing the behavior when they see it happen.
Communities and society as a whole need to see this social problem as a
community health and wellness issue. It involves everyone.
behavior, not only in schools but also in the workplace, is an expenditure to
everyone. Adult bullying can lead to less productive work performances, along
with illness due to the stress of the situation. For youth, school performance
could be negatively affected or the child may drop out of school. Awareness and
action are the only way to ensure that bulling behaviors are no longer a cost
to our society.
is an imbalance of power. The bully looks to the weak, depressed, disabled, the
one who does not wear the right clothes, or the one who does well in school.
They intentionally intimidate or harm, physically or psychologically, to gain
the perceived power that they do not have inside themselves. The bully can be a
child, a work supervisor, or even the CEO of a company. As a way to feel better
about themselves, bullies may attack others intentionally to cope with their
own insecurities and need for power.
research study conducted by Bennett Tepper, PhD, Georgia State University
(2011), showed how the culture of a company that accepts workplace bullying has
a negative trickle-down effect, leading to poor treatment of employees. In
other words: bullying breads bullying. The cycle does not stop but becomes the norm.
To support Tepper’s work, Theresa Glomb, PhD, University of Minnesota (2011),
also found that when this is the norm, other work group members are likely to
act aggressive and bully others.
many years the belief of society was the old saying of “kids will be kids.”
This stereotype may still be prevalent, yet with incidents of children or
adults affected by a growing culture of bullying, this problem has come to the
forefront of society. It is the hope that through national conference and
continued research in the area of bullying, society will understand what
fosters this behavior and work to minimize the effects it has on children,
youth, and adults.
Patricia Grace is a full-time faculty member for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Department of Human Services. She holds a
master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in outpatient mental
health and is licensed in the state of Wisconsin as an Independent Clinical
Social Worker and an Independent Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist.
with providing therapy services, Ms. Grace has been the administrator for two
mental health clinics. She had her own private practice working with the
chronically mentally ill population and children who suffered from autism,
ADHD, ODD, and pervasive developmental delays. Her work also included intensive
services for trauma victims, family therapy, and couples therapy. Ms. Grace is
also licensed to conduct psychological evaluations and is an expert witness for
court cases in the areas of child custody and forensics. Highly involved in her
community, Ms. Grace now provides pro-bono therapy through many churches in her
in private practice, Ms. Grace taught both onsite and online classes and
facilitated new student orientations. She loves working with all students and
enjoys all she can offer to them.
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